Olivia Shakespear is best known as William Butler Yeats’ mistress, but she was also an important author. Her novel, out of print since its initial publication in 1896, tells the story of Mary Gower, a young woman who is too plain to be noticed by the handsome Gerald Harmon, until she discovers that she can transform her physical appearance at will. Anne Margaret Daniel *99 has edited and written a new introduction for the book.